Plan your answers/points in the spaces below the question. Don’t forget to look both sides
of the argument if you are asked to write to argue, and just one side, if you are asked
to write to persuade.
Writing to Argue and Persuade
1. Work experience is now compulsory for most students.
Write an article for an education magazine, in which you
argue for and against compulsory work experience.
2. When teachers apply for a job at a school, they receive a
pack containing information about the school. Write a
section of this pack in which you, as a student, try to
persuade teacher to come to work at your school.
3. A newspaper has put the question: “Is women’s sport as
important as men’s sport?” Write an article for the
sports section of this newspaper, in which you argue your
4. Your school is holding a fund-raising event for a national
charity. Choose a famous person and write a letter to
persuade him or her to take part in that event.
5. The government have recently suggested that children
should be at school from 8 until 6. Write an article for
your newspaper, in which you argue your point of view.
6. Write an article for your school newsletter persuading
pupils to join more after school clubs.
7. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are
nowadays becoming much more common at school. Write
an article for your school magazine, persuading people to
eat sensibly and not to worry about their weight.
8. Healthy eating at school is currently a big issue,
especially after Jamie Oliver’s campaign on school
dinners. Write a letter to your headmaster/mistress
arguing your point of view on having healthier school